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Old 12-02-2018   #1
 
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Your best ideas for frame additions

So, I am sure this has been asked before but I can't easily find the threads...

We just picked up a used 16ft nrs boat and need to outfit it.
Likely going with a 4 bay, diamond plated, double rail rig.
Getting the basic setup; drop bag bay in front with table cover, dry box, cooler, captains chair, Bimini top, counter-balanced cataract oars.

What is the one thing you wish you had on your frame/boat? What should I be sure to do/add?

What did you get that sounded good but hasn't been useful? What should I avoid?

Thanks for your help!

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Old 12-02-2018   #2
 
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CHeck out the raft porn thread lots of good stuff.
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Shiny diamond plate gets really hot in the sun.
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Rattle-can white works well to solve this problem.
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While you are having your frame built consider some type of floor in the rowing bay, and a beaver tail for the stern compartment. If budget allows at least one captain's box, maybe two. Better to get them made with the frame than try and retrofit later.


I would avoid a frame with fixed bars. Movable bars give you flexibility to customize for different size coolers and drop bags. I had a powder coated frame and didn't like it. Aluminum will loose it's shiny surface after a couple of trips, and I don't worry about transfer to the tubes.


But I view a boat as a tool and not a work of art.
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Put t’s on the back of the frame for a future transom. If you have a table for a deck, you’ll likely not have a deck to sleep on at night due to your table being used. Also, you’ll be one of the last to rig since you’ll be waiting on that table. Consider going with a poly deck or metal deck that stays with your boat. You can always stack a table on it. The diamond plate will dull after one sandy multi day river. An umbrella t or Bimini is also nice. I agree that having adjustable bars is important. These guys rolling fixed bars have been boating for decades and have their stuff dialed. Do you have a frame manufacturer in mind ?
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An everything bag. There are several manufacturer such as pacific river, stitches n stuff, tuff river stuff to name a few.. agree on captains boxes or captains bags if you cant swing the boxes.

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Captain boxes are really useful. Pretty spendy. If you are tight on cash, get ammo slings and hang 20 mm ammo cans. Not as convenient, but still a great use of available space.
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I would avoid a frame with fixed bars. Movable bars give you flexibility to customize for different size coolers and drop bags. I had a powder coated frame and didn't like it. Aluminum will loose it's shiny surface after a couple of trips, and I don't worry about transfer to the tubes.

I like a multi-component catalyzed paint. It's harder than powder coat, and easier to touch up.


Fully agree on adjustable bars. Even if you weld/pin the double rails on the sides and the front/rear crossbars, having adjustable bars for your seat/drybox and cooler/footbar will be invaluable. Seems that plans (and dryboxes and coolers) change, and being able to adjust those bars is a really good benefit. Hard to beat the new NRS forged lopros for adustability. they add up and get spendy if you're buying 12-14...but for a mostly welded frame, you'd only be buying 4-6.


Also use NRS forged adjustable oar towers instead of welding your towers. Really easy way to get both adustability and collapse/stackability.



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An everything bag. There are several manufacturer such as pacific river, stitches n stuff, tuff river stuff to name a few.. agree on captains boxes or captains bags if you cant swing the boxes.

x2 on the Everything bag and a rear floor.


If you can't afford custom captain's boxes, go for Pelican boxes. If you can't afford pelican boxes, Harbor Freight has knockoffs that are pretty good.
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Cup holders in rowers compartment and up front for passengers. Keep them low/out of the way, or to the side of the dry box or cooler where frame meets raft. I use three baked bean tin cans that bolt onto the frame with wing nuts. I can take them off in two minutes. Small hole in the bottom to drain splash water. Aside from beverages cup holders are Awesome for putting small things down for a few minutes like fishing lures, pliers, sun glasses.
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